Française is offering free visits to the exhibition Mythologies: Surrealism and beyond - Masterpieces from
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Your contact at the museum will be the teachers : Johanna (in July) or Jean-Baptiste (in August), who will be present at the four visits.
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Mythologies : Surrealism and beyond — Masterpieces from Centre Pompidou
In collaboration with the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA), this exhibition organised especially for the Hong Kong audience will feature the greatest works by Surrealist artists in the collection of the Centre Pompidou and is curated by the worldwide authority in the field, Didier Ottinger. The curatorial concept illustrates all important stages and aesthetics through the lens of mythologies, a concept that permeates the journey of surrealism.
Since its creation in 1924, the Surrealist movement sought to invent a mythology of modern times. In the wake of the great poets such as Homer, Virgil and Dante, the surrealists wished to create a mythology of their era, that would reflect its community, history and dreams. Through Giorgio de Chirico, Greek mythology had a profound influence on the early Surrealism and artists such as Salvador Dali, Francis Picabia, Max Ernst. The quest for a modern mythology was at the heart of the surrealism during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Notions of the enchanted city and mad love all contributed to the emergence of the Surrealist myth, which finally appeared in the shape of the Grand Transparent, a cosmic messenger between life and death.
During World War II, Surrealism turned towards the divinatory aspect of mythology. Exiled in New York, the group deepened its interest in occultism and esotericism. Their discovery of Native American and pre-Columbian civilisations opened up new perspectives.
André Breton, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Francis Picabia and Max Ernst, etc